During an era when everyone wanted to be a bluesman, Howe brought jazz, country, flamenco, ragtime and psychedelia into the mix for prog - rockers Yes. Stephen James "Steve" Howe (born 8 April 1947 in Holloway, North London, England) is an English musician, songwriter and backing vocalist, best known as the guitarist of the progressive rock group Yes. He has also been a member of The Syndicats, Bodast, Tomorrow, Asia and GTR, as well as having released 19 solo albums as of 2010.
Beginnings is the title of Yes guitarist Steve Howe's first solo album. It was released in 1975. The five Yes band members each released a solo album in 1975/6. Members Alan White and Patrick Moraz from that line-up guest on Beginnings, while Howe performed on White's Ramshackled album. The album also features former Yes band-member and drummer Bill Bruford on "Pleasure Stole the Night" and "Break Away From It All". There are also members of the English medieval progressive rock band Gryphon, Graeme Taylor, Malcolm Bennett, Dave Oberlé on one of the songs.
24 tracks compilation from the legendary Yes guitarist. Features some of his finest solo recordings including "Seraphin", "Voyagers", "Quantum Guitars" and "Natural Timbre".
Before Steve Howe joined Yes, he recorded with several other bands. Bodast was one of them. The music on the disc is in many ways quite similar to Yes - and in fact, some of Howe’s riffs on this album were recycled for use in Yes songs. In other ways, though, this is more straightforward psychedelic rock. This cd issues the Bodast tapes in full: 8 tracks from the 'original' 1981 release, plus two which were omitted.
Steve Howe belongs to a group of distinctive guitar virtuosos who have emerged from the field of rock music. While he dedicates himself, together with his colleagues from Yes, to the art of the wall-of-sound style, the British musician, rooted in the tradition of jazz, blues and country stars such as Les Paul, Wes Montgomery and Chet Atkins, normally chooses a more quieter sound on his solo efforts. After the acoustic song collection ‘Natural Timbre’ and the etheric album ‘Skyline’, there is much more variety on the new work ‘Elements’. And it’s a new event in the home of Howe because the master‘s two sons, Dylan and Virgil, belong to the latest band project called Remedy.
MOTHBALLS is a collection of rare & previously unreleased tracks by various bands of which Steve Howe was a member between 1964-1969. Before joining Yes, Steve Howe had nearly a decade's worth of experience with other groups under his belt. This is a first-rate 25-track compilation of his '60s work, with six previously unreleased cuts, starting in 1964 with the raw R&B/beat band the Syndicats, moving to soul-mod with the In Crowd, psychedelia with Tomorrow (six of the better tracks from their sole LP are included), and progressive rock with Bodast. Howe's playing is always interesting, and the material is pretty solid, serving almost as a road map of British rock trends of the '60s.
Not Necessarily Acoustic is a live album recorded on Steve Howe's first solo tour and released in 1994. Steve plays alone, and mixes songs from his earlier solo albums, some country and jazz favourites of him, and also some songs from Yes.
Quantum Guitar is an instrumental progressive rock album released by Steve Howe in 1998. Steve uses several different guitars, acoustic and electric.
Spectrum is an instrumental album released by Steve Howe in 2005. Howe's band includes his son Dylan on drums and Tony Levin (King Crimson) on bass guitar. The album has guitar-based instrumentals, showing many different genres that influence Howe.